Welcome – info session about badges, Open badges is a new technology to digitally recognise skills across the web.share some case studies and live examples and provide practical next steps & tools for anyone interested in exploring badges further
Digitalme – new directions in learning. DigitalMe is a not for profit which creates learning programmes which support the development of young people’s 21st century skills through project based learning programmes which use social media Worked with a range of partners and most recently we have been focussing on developing comprehensive digital learning and rewards programme for children, teachers and parents using Open Badges. Worked with organisations, employers and schools to do this.Most recently we have been working on the new technology open badges to explore ways these can be used to recognise holistic skills and connect young people with opportunities
Common problems facing us in education which everyone will be familiar with – how skills are recognised. Learning happens everywhere, in and out of schools. But it’s often siloed and disconnected.
And employers are getting more vocal about skills they’re looking for, many teachers are frustrated too, they need a way to recognise all of students learning…Current assessment systems don’t recognise or test for a broad range of skills so no way of formally capturing this.
We know from working with schools this this is something teachers want to develop too. But its difficult to capture a holistic view of a young person’s skills and achievements within current qualification system – too monolithic and focussed on assessing a ‘narrow’ range of skills. No space for granular skills development and personlised learning pathways.
Difficult to articulate transferable skills in a way that can be understood by an employer. Often difficult to translate skills associated with a gcse to the skills an employer is looking for. Often achievements are certificate and paperbased which means they get lost or can be stolen.
Not new, use them on blazers in school for example. Often represent roles or responsibilitiy, trust and credibility, extra curriculular achievements which tell us more about the person. However if we were to transfer them online a whole world of opportunity potenitially opens upThat’s where open badges come in…
A new open standard for capturing skills across the webCreated by mozilla, non-profit who make firefoxDigital badges often platform specific. Open standard – data stays with that person for life
An image, with data baked into it. Like a book and contents
Kind of thing that’s baked in – who’s badge it is. What they did to get it. The evidence of their skills.Like a cake, can’t take it apart again which is why it cant be stolen or forged.
This is what an employer/uni/college would see
Granular makers of achievement. Mini-credentials. Can be interest driven and provide alternative pathways or augment existing pathways.
Anyone can create a badgeAnyone can earn a badgeAnyone can award a badge
Innovation – not about creating badges for existing qualifications. It’s about capturing the skills that currently fall down the gaps assessment wise. Can badges be used to encourage behviour, to motivate learning and to challenge?
Check out open badges.org
Badge issuers create badges – could be a school
They can be displayed anywhere are across the web
Question about value – the value chain needs to be strengthened by getting employers involved etc. However localised value can be more easily created in communities/schoolsObv if anyone can create a badge then how do you monitor etc.Badges can be endorsed by people.
This is an example of how they look online
And a group of people you’ll recognise have got together to create badges which start to recognise all the achievements of young people using Open Badges
Provide some examples of how open badges can be used – we have created programs for in and out of school and supported other organisations to do the same
S2R develops skills and confidence through sports reporting. Young people develop journalism, reading and writing skills, safe web publishing and promotion, before putting their skills to the test at a real sports event. Young people report improved confidence, collaboration, teamwork and leadership skills.
In and out of school, across the world
More experienced reporters unlock opporutnities at national events including the Olympics.
Programme recognised by industry
How does it work? Online channel, access tutorials and support, share reports and connect with experts and other reporters. Access national opportunities and activities.
Great project, lots of traction – main challenge has always been no easy way to formally recognise skills within existing qualificationsOpen badges provide us with a way to reward these skills, especially the ‘softer’ workplace skills. Allows us to build value into the programme for teachers and pupils and provide motivation for young people to proactively gain skills outside of formalities of current education system. Peer assessment
More complicated than it should be! 3 stages – learn, apply, teach
Clear criteria – reference back to badge anatomy and value
Program is interest driven. Certain requirements for each level.Some badges are automatic, some are teacher awardedProgramme can scale as introduce peersGold Bronze is highest badge and this is where young people are managing S2R NetworkUnlock opportunities along the way - motivation
Journalist displayed in a table – low, mid high level skill. What do you need to achieve to move on?What other evidence is needed to show these skills have been achieved?
This programme is now live – get involved
Already use physical badges buy wanted to explore how online badges could work in recognising student voice using s2r medals
Wanted to use it to recognise all of the skills young people earn through reporting for their school newspaper
15 young people earning badges – motivated. Some badges earned by stealth so got them interestedSome took on a mentor role as others saw their badges on their page, they helped others get their badges
Badges can capture these skills
Next steps – link badges to existing merit systems in school to recognise leadership skills. Venture academies are a network – can the badges be linked across the schools and somehow be endorsed by the academies supporters?
Example of SDL – work with SSAT and selection of schools to develop a badge framework for SDL, supported by industry supporters like toshiba.Skills badges are going to be created by industry partners e.g. Toshiba’s self-maintenance badgeDoesnt always have to be at a national level but important to think about where the value is going to come from
Still early days but there are a range of options open to schools interested in trying out badges. This is the process you will need to go throughAs with any technology, there are decisions which need to be made about platforms etc. As if you were choosing a tablet or somewhere to blog – same idea.
We can help with design, creating value and framework, building in pathways via badge canvas
Way to create a roadmap for your badges – sense check them and challenge the ideaTake one away – if you’re interested in accessing more support to use this contact us
Platform solutions – range from build yourself to Ikea to full solutions.Need to issue and display
Overview of how the site works and how schools and young people use itSafety features – moderated, approved users, reporting toolsApp and APIPromote positive activities using social mediaOver 3000 Schools and Groups worldwide50,000 young people sharing media stories and connecting onlineFree – can create some badges for free but then will need to pay.
Full solution – ability to create badges and design badges coming soon. Speak to sharon
Whole Education Norther Conference 14th May
Accrediting a HolisticEducation using Open Badgeshello@digitalme.co.uk(0044) 113 245 6445
The UK’s Leading OpenBadge Design ExpertsCombining award winning programdesign, sector and industry knowledgeand experience in creating scalablelearning programs
Open Badges 101• What are they?• Why use them?• How can they be used for learning?
# Problem 1: How do we capture learningthat happens everywhere?
Skills that are in-demand by employers:“Over 70% of employerswant employability skills tobecome a top educationpriority.”The CBI
# Problem 2: How can we present a holisticview of learning & achievements?
# Problem 3: How can we connect talentwith opportunity?
Safely share reports online and connectwith young people around the world
Work with DigitalMe to shape and refine the programme andsystemsPromote badging throughout Radiowaves communityLink community achievements to S2R Medals and create therequired management toolsCreate a .NET OBI integration library for public useEnhance API to allow others to create badges that integrateachievementsWhat we will doTranslating skills to badges
Identify the SKILLS required toachieve S2R MedalsDecide what EVIDENCE isrequired and how this ASSESSEDExplore PRACTICAL ways todeliver S2R Medal activityDiscuss the VALUE of medalsand how to increase it
Qualitative assessment ofskills by peers/leaders3 sets Journalist, Coach &Producer3 levels in each set: Bronze,Silver & GoldS2R Open Badges
Bronze CriteriaStudents create three sports reports of acceptable qualityaccepted into the S2R Medals channel. They need to beabout sport, use appropriate language and contain text andimages/videos.Skills• able to create subject related media• motivated and technically able• Understands how to use at least one type of media• Can consistently create media stories of acceptablequality
Silver CriteriaDemonstrate research and interview skills and promote & connect with audience online.Skills• Conduct a professional interviews (body language, professionalism)• Appropriateness of questions (clear, relevant etc) Able to listen• Can research using the web (and offline channels) and demonstrate this• Can use appropriate language and tone and can present ideas confidently and clearly…..• Can promote to and engage with an audience online• Can reflect on own work and self-assess to a degree.• Understands how to use more than one type of media - Awareness of Copyright
Makewaves is aleading safe sociallearning platformWhether posting photosvia the App, submitting avideo competition entryto the WWF Channel orlive blogging from theOlympics, Makewavesprovides a fun, easy touse way to engagelearners worldwide.Makewaves homepage screenshot Oct 2012